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ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Craig Nakano
Oberon lost his thumb while in Los Angeles. With no warning, pop - it just fell off. Such are the dangers when you're a character in the Bristol Old Vic's latest production with the Handspring Puppet Company. The collaboration that turned skeletal steel and leather into "War Horse" is at it again, this time creating illusions for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" through Wednesday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with little more than wood and rubber bands. The rudimentary puppets in the show do get bashed and occasionally broken, said assistant stage manager Andy Guard, who performed emergency Oberon finger reattachment during the first week "Midsummer's Night" played in L.A. Some are essentially blocks of wood with no mechanical function, but others flutter and fly, as animated as the actors running onstage.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Brie Fainblit wasn't voted prom queen at the Highland High prom. But the Palmdale senior who made her own dress out of soda can tabs felt like the belle of the ball Friday night. Fainblit lives with her mother, who is disabled, and her aunt, who works two part-time jobs to support them. She began her soda tab project in September, knowing that money was way too tight for a prom dress. After my story about Brie appeared in last Sunday's paper, offers of help poured in. Many readers wanted to do what they could to make prom special for Brie and her boyfriend, James Lawrence, who tutored a student to earn money for prom tickets.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
California's banking giant, Wells Fargo & Co., reported 14% higher first quarter earnings, powering well beyond Wall Street's expectations as declining loan losses and operating cost cuts offset the slowdown in mortgages at America's largest home lender.  San Francisco-based Wells Fargo, the fourth-largest U.S. bank by assets, said it earned $5.89 billion, $1.05 per share. That compared to $5.17 billion, 92 cents a share, in last year's first quarter. Revenue declined 3% to $20.63 billion.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
It's Team Kate for the win! The former Kate Middleton sailed past husband Prince William in a yacht race during their New Zealand tour on Friday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set sail with Team New Zealand around Auckland's Waitemata Harbor in two America's Cup yachts after doing a bit of posh trash-talking. "Take care!" she teased her husband, patting him on the back, according to People . PHOTOS: Royals visit New Zealand and Australia "Yeah, see you later," replied William, the second in line to the British throne.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 24-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for killing his girlfriend's 16-month-old son. Stephen Douglas Hoffman struck the toddler in the head up to 21 times while he was babysitting at an Azusa home, according to prosecutors. Hoffman was watching Malaikye Payne in August 2011 while the child's mother was at work on an overnight shift. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Around 3:30 a.m., Hoffman texted the mother a photo of Malaikye, which showed a bruise beginning to develop on the child's face.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"This primitivistic music goes on and on," the prescient San Francisco Chronicle music and art critic Alfred Frankenstein wrote in his 1964 review of the premiere of Terry Riley's "In C. " "At times you feel you have never done anything all your life long but listen to this music and as if that is all there is or ever will be, but it is altogether absorbing, exciting, and moving, too," he continued. Saturday afternoon, in a special installation/performance at the Hammer Museum that helped kick off the first full weekend of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Minimalist Jukebox festival, this primitivistic music went on and on for four hours.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The way the Ducks tell it, their interest in beating the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday is rooted mostly in the perks of what accompanies winning the Pacific Division and not about avoiding a first-round playoff series against the Kings. “No one's ever mentioned that about the Kings,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The guys have fought long and hard to get to first place. … It's about the satisfaction of playing for six months and being the best.” By beating the Sharks in any fashion at Honda Center, the Ducks would clinch their second consecutive Pacific Division title and at least the No. 2 Western Conference playoff seeding.
NATIONAL
April 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Detroit magistrate Tuesday set bond at $500,000 for a 17-year-old male who along with three others is a suspect in the possibly racially motivated beating of a driver who struck another boy's leg with his car. The 10-year-old boy was treated and released. But the driver, 54-year-old Steven Utash, has been hospitalized in critical condition for a week, according to prosecutors. As many as dozen people may have been involved in the beating. A 16-year-old charged as a juvenile appeared in court on Monday.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The slow and awkward decay of the powerful aura of Tiger Woods continued here Tuesday on a rain-soaked golfing cathedral that smelled like a damp towel. For the first time in 20 years, Woods will not be here for the Masters, a tournament he has won four times, his virtual ownership of Augusta National symbolizing his decades of dominance. Yet his fellow golfers do not sound relieved. They do not act as if reprieved. They spoke of this giant, haunting presence with neither fear nor reverence.
SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
VANCOUVER, Canada - It was a bold stroke by Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau, putting 20-year-old John Gibson in goal for his NHL debut Monday night with a division title in the balance. Sixty complete minutes of hockey later by Gibson and his teammates, Boudreau's move looked like his most brilliant of the season as the Ducks defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 3-0, at Rogers Arena. Gibson, with 18 saves, became the youngest goalie since Daren Puppa 29 years ago to post a shutout in his NHL debut, as a Ducks' defense Boudreau referred to as "spotty" during Monday's morning skate rose up to protect the youngster with 22 blocked shots.
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